Celebrating 60 Years of Service

2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist

North Shore Senior Center was founded in 1956 with Janet Burgoon at its helm. Our first Executive Director, Janet was a professional social worker who trained under Jane Addams at Chicago’s Hull House. She had innovative ideas about aging and firmly believed that older adults should enjoy full participation in community life—and that their involvement was equally beneficial to the community.

In these challenging economic times, our organization has enjoyed the support of many steadfast donors. In gratitude, we created the Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Awards. We wanted to recognize those whose generosity has helped older adults maintain their independence and their connections to the communities in which they live.

Martha and Lloyd Ferguson were first introduced to North Shore Senior Center in the late 1990s by their neighbor Larry Gougler. Upon joining the Center, Martha had a particular interest in the House of Welcome (HOW) because she had several relatives who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. She volunteered at HOW from 2002 to 2008, helping Julie Lamberti and her excellent staff with daily activities. She also served on the HOW Advisory Committee and the Annual Benefit Committee since 2009, before she and Lloyd chaired the committee in 2014. In addition, Martha has served on the Associate Board, the Board Development Committee, the Board of Directors, and presently as Secretary of the Board. “Through these experiences, I have found the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers infectious,” she said. “Thus, receiving this award is a great honor.”

For more than 20 years, Lloyd has stood behind Martha, supportive of the Center in volunteer work and financial giving. He is a member of the Associate Board and involved in the annual benefits. To him, North Shore Senior Center is a tremendous organization, worthy of his best time and effort. “We welcome the opportunity to help older adults remain independent and in their communities. One must go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others.”

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